January 2018

President's Perspective

Our Campaign to Finish the School


"….but I have promises to keep."  Robert Frost


When the decision was made to move Catholic Prep from Prospect Hall to our new campus, our Trustees, alumni, and parents made a promise to our students that we would finish our school by constructing contemporary athletic fields as well as a final school addition.

Principal's Corner

In August of 2016, Governor Larry Hogan declared a mandate that all Maryland schools must open after Labor Day and must complete all classes by June 15th. While there are positive economic implications for such a change that does not necessarily follow in the world of education. 

Advancement Insight

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and was able to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. As always, the break flew by but the Advancement Office is ready to ring in 2018.


I would like to begin the New Year by thanking those of you who have already made a contribution to the school's annual fund.

Chaplain's Chat

I wanted to share with you something I read:

The Parable of the Push-Ups and Donuts

Note: A few versions of this story exist, and I'm unsure if it's actual or fictional.  However, it makes a good point.  The authorship is also uncertain.

School Counseling

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, or abuse of power, for the purpose of exploiting them for monetary gain, forced labor, and even slavery.*

Viking Sports Roundup

I would like to share with you some current updates on our many facility projects here the School.

Our Delaplaine Rocca Team Center (composed of two areas: Fitness Center and Locker Rooms) is almost complete, with final "punch lists" and equipment scheduled to be done by the end of next week. 

37th Annual Soiree 

The holidays are over and I am in full "Soiree-Mode!"

The Soiree Committee is busy collecting sponsorships and donations to help make this fundraiser a big success! If you or your friends are interested in sponsoring this event, please call our Advancement office at 301-662-4210 x129. 

News from Saint John's

Students attend Model UN

SJCP students attended Model UN, an all-day event simulating a day at the United Nations. The event, hosted by Hood College and run by FCPS, was a unique and rewarding experience for the over two hundred students in attendance. 

SJCP in the Christmas Spirit

SJCP was in the holiday spirit on the last day of school before the Christmas break. The day began with a visit from their very own Santa along with students and faculty wearing their best ugly Christmas sweaters.

Christmas Book Buddies with SJRCS

Catholic Prep sophomores and juniors visited St. John Regional Catholic School for a special Christmas Book Buddies session in the school's library. Our students read "Snowmen at Night" with their new friends and they each made their own snowmen.

World Religions Class Field Trip

Mr. Van and Mrs. Gaynor took their World Religions classes to visit the Beth Sholom synagogue and the Islamic Society of Frederick in December. While on the trip, students witnessed a Friday prayer service at the mosque, discussed Islam with Imam Faruq, and learned more about the rich traditions of Judaism from Rabbi Jordan Hersh.

SJCP Supports the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund

On December 13, Mr. Minsker and Ms. Ballantyne presented a $1,900 check to Patty Hurwitz and Sadie Wolf at Colonial Jewelers to benefit the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund. The funds were raised in October at the Hop, Run, or Walk at Milkhouse Brewery and the Dig Pink Volleyball Night. THANK YOU to everyone who supported these events and helped us give back to such a great cause!

Opening Night at the Kennedy Center

There's nothing quite like opening night at the theater. On Thursday, December 7, eighteen Saint John's Students had the pleasure of watching the Susan Farrell Ballet Company perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

AP US History Class Living History Tour

Mr. Van's AP US History class traveled to Philadelphia for a living history tour, visiting Valley Forge, the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary, and Independence Hall. Not all learning takes place in the classroom!

Science Olympiad Team Brings Home Medals

The Saint John's Science Olympiad team traveled to DC on Saturday, December 2 to compete in the National Cathedral School Invitational. Thirty-one teams participated in the high school competition.

Students for Life Assembly

In a special assembly, the East Coast Director of Students for Life Michele Hendrickson spoke to students about abortion and the pro-life and pro-choice positions. Michele is a graduate of Hood College in Frederick, MD who majored in Elementary and Special Education. Working with children and teaching for over 10 years has provided Michele with amazing opportunities to partner with families.

SJCP Community Comes Together on Giving Tuesday

​​​​​​​I am excited to announce that the Catholic Prep community came together and raised a total of $19,520 on our Day of Giving. THANK YOU to the 113 participants that helped us EXCEED our goal.

Winter Clothing Drive Benefits the Community

On Giving Tuesday, Saint John's Catholic Prep gave back to the community by loading up the bus with the items collected during the winter clothing drive and delivering them to The Frederick Rescue Mission.

A Successful BBQ Bash

Thank you to everyone who came out the 7th Annual BBQ Bash on November 18! It was a great night to support our Athletic Department and our student-athletes. Our coaches and volunteers went above and beyond to make the night a huge success.

Helping Feed the Needy for Thanksgiving

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Canned Food Drive on Tuesday, November 21. Farmer Mike and Seed of Life will be feeding 20 needy families over this Thanksgiving holiday. Current students and alum helped load the truck. Thank you for your continuous generosity!

Students Enjoy "The Great Gatsby"

Saint John's sophomore and junior classes were treated to a spectacular performance by the National Players at the Olney Theater. These cultural field trips are covered by the comprehensive fee that families pay each year.

Haitian Sensation Club Helps the Hungry

Member's of Saint John's Haitian Sensation Club volunteered Saturday, November 18 at the St. Ignatius Haiti Gala. It is the largest fundraiser of the year, raising money to feed children in Haiti. St. Ignatius feeds over 725 hungry kids each day. 

Latin Club Competes at the Certamen Heroicum

The Latin Club competed at the Certamen Heroicum hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD on November 18. The SJCP Latin 1 Certamen team consisting of Matt Cancino and Grace Rish earned 1st place on their level of competition with a score of 335 points.

Alumni Spotlight

Kateri O'Connell Delaplaine, RN BSN and Jeanne O'Connell, MD, graduated from Saint John's just one year apart - Kateri in 1974 and Jeanne in 1975.  Back then, they probably never anticipated all these years later they would be working together, but that is exactly how it has worked out.

Upcoming Events

37th Annual Soiree - Vacation Raffle

Enter the Vacation Raffle for a chance at winning a Boca Raton Resort & Club Vacation. The winning ticket will be drawn at the event, you do not need to be present to win. 

Dine at Glory Days and Support Boys' Basketball

Support Boys' Basketball by dinning at Glory Days anytime November - March and turning in your receipt in to the Advancement Office.

The Boys' Basketball team will receive 10% of the proceeds.

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